HEADCRASH

Category: Radio

TOYAH PLAYS THE ROLE OF YUKA IN THe INNOVATIVE AUDIO ROAD MOVE HEADCRASH BY MICHAEL WALL. Recorded in 1986 but banned until 1993.

Studio 3A bizarre science fiction story set on a motor highway in a violent world some time in the future.

….from The Independent, 27 July 1993
“I’m gonna shoot roller-skaters, you coming?” must be one of the best lines of offhand dialogue ever. It encapsulates the grimly humorous, nihilistic ambience of Michael Wall’s futuristic Headcrash (Saturday, Radio 3) , a piece which has languished in the archive since 1986, finally being broadcast in the experimental Studio Three season two years after its author’s death.

Wall’s post apocalyptic wasteland is peopled by a mixed bag of creeps, crazies, hitters and bozos. Our “hitters” are Boy and Yuka, tooled-up and revved-up as they cruise the freeways, blowing away fellow travellers to gain advancement in a bizarre, officially sanctioned game.

Yuka (Toyah Wilcox) is smothered in bandages; Boy (Jeremy Flynn) was born in a motorway pile-up. We eventually learn that they’re related…this was gripping stuff nevertheless, thanks to its evocations of the sensations of a demented future world. The soundtrack was by Mia Soteriou and David Chilton. The effects – explosions, rat attacks, and the scream of rending steel – were done superbly.

Wilcox was excellent in what was her radio debut, freaking out at the rodents and gleefully dismembering a posse of ambushing crazies. It was distinguished too by the technical excellence of Jeremy Mortimer’s production.